Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Dangerous Beginning

On April 25 he met the other apostles, and they slipped quietly into the shells of the empty houses damaged by the mobs. They would camp there for the night. After dark Heber C. Kimball came to tell them that Joseph had escaped from Liberty Jail and was on his way to Illinois. John was so ecstatic with joy that he could hardly sleep. The Prophet was alive and free! He thanked God for that blessing. Soon it was after midnight, April 26, the day the prophecy was to be fulfilled. Stars shed meager light on the group as they made their way to the temple site. John and the apostles, along with about thirty others, huddled together against the chill of the clear, cold night. Their breath hung in faint clouds in the open air. Scanning the horizon for members of the mob, they laid the corner stone of the temple, according to revelation. All was quiet. Wilford Woodruff and George A. Smith were ordained apostles. The group was on guard – still no mob. They sang a hymn. Was it too loud? Did the Missourians hear? All was quiet. The meeting ended, and the apostles breathed a sigh of relief, thanking God for their protection. They had come back into enemy territory in the shadow of night and the Lord had watched over them as John knew He would. With a silent prayer of gratitude for the blessings of this sacred night, John began to retrace his steps toward Illinois, in the direction of Great Britain, his homeland and the mission field.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Missouri Devastation

At the beginning of April, 1839, the apostles decided not to go as a group; they traveled to Far West by different routes so they wouldn’t attract the attention of the mob. As John said good-bye to Leonora, he knew the dangers he could possibly face. Would he see his beloved wife and children again? He put himself in the hands of the Lord. During the trip, John watched for danger, knowing the Missourians could attack at any time, but he felt the Lord protecting him. Along the way they passed many Saints still struggling toward Illinois. John was devastated when he saw the destruction in Far West. Houses had been ransacked, leaving only empty shells. His hurt turned to anger as he thought of the suffering the Saints had endured at the hands of the mob.

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

John Taylor: A Mission to Great Britain

I have come five thousand miles without purse or scrip, and I testify to you . . . that the Lord has revealed Himself from heaven. John looked forward to missionary service, and he was eager to share the gospel. He said, “I feel the word of the Lord like fire in my bones.” The Lord gave a revelation to Joseph Smith, saying that the apostles were to serve a mission to Great Britain. They were to leave from Far West, Missouri, on April 26, 1839. It was the first of the year, 1839; all the apostles and their families had been driven out of Missouri and fled to Illinois. The Missouri mob heard about this revelation and was determined to keep it from being fulfilled. The apostles knew there would be trouble if they returned. Some of the brethren suggested they start from Illinois and not Missouri where they had suffered persecutions. John knew he needed to fulfill the prophecy made by Joseph Smith. So, obedient to Heavenly Father’s will and with faith that the Lord would protect him, he decided he must return to Far West. The other apostles decided to go also.